torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
1. I was at work for like twelve hours, but I have tomorrow off! There was definitely stuff I would have put off till tomorrow if I were coming in tomorrow, but I'd rather stay longer today than come in on my day off, so...

2. I had a delicious salad for dinner. I used to eat a large salad for lunch almost every day, but I can't do that as easily now that I'm not working from home, so that leaves dinner the only option, but we often have other dinner plans, so I got out of the habit of eating salads all the time, but I really like salads, so I want to try to eat them more often. I actually have been eating a salad almost every day for the last couple weeks.

3. While Carla's gone I'm getting caught up on some of my shows. I only have so much time I want to devote to watching TV per day, and it's usually taken up by watching stuff that we both like. I finally finished this last season of Bob's Burgers tonight, though!

4. These sleepy babies are so sweet!

torachan: two people embracing (is)


Title: IS [ai-esu]
Original Title: IS~男でも女でもない性~ (IS~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~)
Author: Rokuhana Chiyo
Publisher: Kiss Comics
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 17 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Dokukinoko Scans (translation by Megchan)
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: IS is a unique manga that realistically deals with the topic of intersexuality. It starts off with a couple shorts dealing with different intersex characters, but starting with the second volume, it becomes a regular series following one character from birth to adulthood.

Chapter Summary: Ibuki had vowed never to see Haru again, but...



Chapter 72
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. Today an employee was back to work who had been off for almost two months due to a broken hand. We had to fill his position in the meantime, but there was a new position open for him that I think will suit him better, and he seemed happy and much more relaxed than he had been, so I'm hoping that works out. And also it was just good to have him back. He's not someone I would call a friend, even a work friend, but he's a good worker and we have so many new people it's good to have someone back who's been with us a few years and knows what's what!

2. I was in meetings most of the day at the Gardena store, which meant I didn't get much done at my store, but things are going smoothly enough at the moment that there wasn't actually anything urgent I had to do, so that's good.

3. I had hoped to see my former co-worker who transferred to the Gardena store, but I didn't get there until a few minutes before the meeting started, and by the time we were done, he'd gone home for the day, but he messaged me on Facebook and we had a long gossipy chat tonight and that was fun. (I miss having him around at the store, but he seems really happy with his new position, so.)

4. Look at this sweetie!

torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. Carla arrived safely in Chicago (by plane) and then in Rockford (by bus) and finally in Beloit (by car). She's driving down to her folks' tomorrow with her aunt and uncle.

2. I had so much trouble falling asleep last night despite being tired and then had to get up at five to take Carla to the airport, but thankfully I was able to fall asleep easily when I got back home and slept most of the morning.

3. I got some housework and some translating done today.

4. Not only did I see another preview for Yooka Laylee (upcoming game by the makers of Banjo-Kazooie) today, but I also found out there's going to be a sequel to Oceanhorn!

5. Caught the babies cuddling this afternoon.

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. Sales were high this weekend. Hopefully that trend will continue as we get out of our yearly summer slump.

2. I have to take Carla to the airport around 5:30 tomorrow morning, but it's my day off, so at least I can go back to sleep as soon as I get home.

3. Chloe is super cute even when she's grumpy about having her photo taken.

torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
1. Carla got her ticket to go back to her folks. She managed to get a pretty cheap flight on Monday (a direct flight and one that leaves and arrives at decent times, even!).

2. I got a bunch of expired Hi Chew for free from work the other day (Japanese flavors, not the US stuff) and it's still nice and soft and also very tasty. I love Hi Chew so much.

3. I'm up later than I meant to be but at least I can sleep in tomorrow!

4. I've got sweety kitties.

torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
1. I got off work pretty much on time today.

2. Carla got a text today from her sister that her mom is in the hospital. It looks like she had a stroke, though thankfully a fairly mild one. Hopefully she can be released in a couple days. They're keeping her right now for observation and to get her some fluids since she was very dehydrated. So it could definitely have been a lot worse, but please think good thoughts for her. Carla will probably be flying out there in a couple days, too.

3. Molly was super cute all curled up in this box all afternoon.

torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
1. It's been such nice weather lately. It looks like it's going to continue till at least the end of the month, but that just makes me scared that we're going to have a super hot September and October like we did last year. -_- I'm enjoying it while it lasts, though!

2. Our porch light went out last year or earlier this year and it's not the bulb but something in the wiring, so we haven't had the money to get it fixed even though I really hate having the porch be so dark (especially like when we have food delivered or something). Then recently Carla happened to see a little solar powered light on some Amazon deal and we bought one and today I finally got around to installing it and it works great! It's not super bright, but it's better than nothing and will do until we can get the wiring repaired. It's motion triggered, which I was kind of worried about because that can be annoying, but it doesn't seem to be overly sensitive. It's pretty exciting to have light again! Almost makes me want to order pizza or something. :p

3. I'm lagging a little behind on some of my manga this month, but I got another chapter finished today and off to the typesetter.

4. I got so many cute pics of the kitties today! They were just chilling on the bed while I was reading this afternoon.

torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Amaama to Inazuma vol. 5 and still enjoying it. Carla wants to try out the anime, so I'll probably be watching that soon as well, though we haven't started yet.

Bookwise, I'm reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, though that's more a "started but then got distracted" sort of thing than actively reading. I had just started another book when this came out, so although I read the first chapter or so, I set it aside to finish my other book. Now that I've finished the book I was reading, I'll probably get back into this again. All the spoilers I heard about it sound awesome, so I've been looking forward to it.

I'm also reading The Sweeter the Juice by Shirlee Haizlip, a memoir of a black woman whose mother's side of the family began passing for white and cut them off. I started this months and months ago, but since it's a physical book rather than ebook, it kind of got lost in the shuffle. I started it up again yesterday and am enjoying it a lot.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished a reread of The Westing Game. I loved this book as a kid and read it several times, but unfortunately it just does not live up to my memory. It was okay, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

I also read vol. 4 of Amaama to Inazuma.

What do you think you'll read next?
Mangawise, I just got the new volume of Koiiji the other day, so as soon as I finish Amaama to Inazuma 5, I'll probably read that. Vol. 5 is the last of Amaama to Inazuma that I have on my ipad, so I'll be taking a break from that for a while anyway as I'm really trying to clear stuff off instead of just adding more new stuff.
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm pretty excited about that. Today wasn't as hectic as yesterday, but it was still kinda hectic. Looking forward to relaxing.

2. A guy I hired a couple months ago, really fast learner, excellent employee, someone I'd really hate to lose, told me a few weeks ago that some stuff was going on where he might end up having to quit, but today he got the news that it all resolved itself and he can stay, so I'm really relieved about that.

3. I finished another book last night, putting me at ten so far. I'm aiming for fifteen, which seems like a totally doable goal at this point, especially since I have two other books in progress that I will probably finish this month. I still don't make nearly as much time for reading as I'd like, but I've been doing better this year!

4. It's so nice and cool this evening I've actually been wearing a sweatshirt around the house.

5. Carla spotted Molly peeking out of this box in the closet and I managed to snap a pic (actually a few) before she got up and left.

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I forgot that I had to go in to work at 6:30 this morning because the guy who opens the store is on vacation for two weeks and the person who comes second earliest on Tuesdays and Thursdays was on vacation last week, so I couldn't give her the key and security code ahead of time. So this morning she called me to tell me the store wasn't open and I had to stumble out of bed and groggily head over there. :p Not that I would have been that much less groggy if I'd set my alarm, but I would have had to rush a little less. As it turned out there were several really early deliveries today, so it's a good thing I was there. And I got some more practice with the forklift, which was also a plus. I'm really getting a lot more comfortable with it.

2. Got a cute picture of Molly tonight. :D

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. This is the second time helicopters kept me from fully sleeping in on one of my sleep-in days, but I still got to sleep in a little bit at least.

2. I feel like I had a pretty productive day. Got some stuff done around the house, got some manga translated.

3. Look at this Chloe paw!

torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)
Sorry for the long delay, guys. Hopefully we can get onto a monthly schedule with this from now on out. To that aim, we are looking for a cleaner to take some of the load off NightSwan since she's pretty overworked right now. If you're interested, please email me or NightSwan and let us know.



Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: Kishida and his friends get more than they bargained for when they take a trip to a local historic island.



Chapter 2: The Legend of Bateren Island
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
1. Normally Sundays are late days at work and I get to sleep in and don't have to go to work until around noon. Except this morning I got a call around six from our produce manager that he couldn't come in today. And right now he's the only one there on Sunday mornings who can drive the forklift, so I had to go in at nine. D: And I still had to stay and close the store, so I was there for over twelve hours. :-/ But on the bright side, I am getting more forklift practice and feeling a lot more comfortable with it now. Also I did have a lot of stuff to do today, so since I was there a long time I was able to get it all done.

2. Tomorrow's my day off and I should be able to sleep in and relax! (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

3. I've been having a big salad almost every day for dinner lately. I'm glad to get back into the habit of eating salads more often.

4. Look at this sweet Chloe face. :)

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Got more manga posted!

2. It continues to be not too terribly hot.

3. I finally remembered to refill a prescription I'd been forgetting about.

4. We got in these cute sumo cat figures at work and one of them is a Molly cat! So of course I had to have it, but there are eight in the series and you can't tell which is inside until you open it, but I got lucky and the first one I bought was Molly. :D Sadly they don't have a Chloe cat for her to wrestle with.



Real Molly is unimpressed.

torachan: two boys in rugby uniforms (all out)


Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it's bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it's the rugby club that will make them friends.

Chapter Summary: Can Gion's tackles save the day? Includes a ten-page bonus chapter 9.5, "After-Match Function".



Chapter 9: All I Can Do
torachan: takatsuki & nitorin from hourou musuko (trans kids)
1. Stuff seems to be working out at work right now. Keeping my fingers crossed that we don't have any more people suddenly quitting for a while.

2. I got manga posted!

3. These sweet kittens!

torachan: yoshiki from himegoto (himegoto)
This is it for vol. 6! Just two more volumes left to go!



Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: When Mikako spots Yoshiki in Shibuya, will this spell the end of everything?



Chapter 73: Coming Back
Chapter 74: Complication

And here's the complete volume download for those who want it.
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
1. I actually slept a solid eight hours or so. Really nice!

2. Went through some of the mess on the kitchen counter and threw away a bunch of reeeeeeally expired cookies and chips and stuff. I really want to get the kitchen in better shape again, but at least that's a small start.

3. I got a good bit of translating done today.

4. Saw a new trailer for Rebel One tonight and it looks awesome! I'm really excited for it.

5. I got so many cute kitty pics today!

torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
1. Even though I had to go in to work at 8:30 this morning and my alarm went off at 8:00, I still got to sleep in more than I have the past few days when I didn't even have to set the alarm, because those days I was woken earlier by things like tree-trimmers, helicopters, neighbor dogs, etc. I'm hoping tomorrow I can sleep in even more.

2. I was actually able to leave work on time today. Things are settling down now at work and I hope they continue that way. Recently it's been one upset after another just when it seems like things are going smoothly.

3. We've been having so many salads lately and I'm really enjoying it.

4. I really wish Molly would hold still and let me take her picture! But this is still cute, even if blurry...

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